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Public Roads - May/June 1998

Training Update

Delivering Solutions for a World in Motion


The National Highway Institute (NHI)

901 N. Stuart Street, Suite 300

Arlington, VA 22203


New Training Courses NHI has redesigned two of its civil rights courses. Conducting EEO Contract Compliance Reviews (Course #36114) reviews equal opportunity laws regarding the hiring of minorities and women by government contractors. This course also presents guidelines for ensuring compliance with the law. The subject of equal employment opportunity (EEO) is addressed in a way that is clear and understandable. Participants work from an easy-to-follow manual. For more information, contact State Training Officer Al Miller at    Partnering for Indian Employment in Highway Construction (Course #36120) brings together construction firms and tribal representatives to discuss ways of maximizing the participation of Native Americans in highway construction projects in the United States. NHI has already received six requests for this course.

NHI is also pleased to introduce the course Hot Mix Asphalt Production Facilities (Course #13144). This new course is the collaborative effort of FHWA, the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials, and private industry. The course brings state inspectors and private plant owners and operators together to learn about the latest technology in plant production, and, in this way, the course creates public-private partnerships.

ITS Is Our Bag

This summer, NHI will begin delivering several courses on intelligent transportation systems (ITS). These courses, initially developed exclusively for U.S. Department of Transportation staff, will be redesigned by the Federal Highway Administration's Joint Program Office (JPO) and NHI to ensure that the target audiences receive the appropriate level of technical detail necessary and that the most effective instructional methods are used to deliver the material to adult learners.

NHI coordinates and delivers the ITS courses because of a strong relationship it has with JPO. NHI is an active participant in the ITS Capacity-Building Program, and already serves state DOTs, local governments, private industry, and international entities.

ITS Courses Under Construction at NHI

Integration of ITS Components Utilizing the National ITS Architecture Course #13378
ITS Awareness Seminar Course #13380
ITS Public/Private Partnership Course #13381
ITS and the Planning Process Course #13383
ITS Telecommunications Course #13386

Two articles written by NHI staff members about the implementation of ITS in Latin America have been recently published. An article entitled "Developing ITS in Latin America" appeared in the magazine ITS World. Similarly, an article entitled "Implementing ITS in Latin America Requires a Radical Change" ("ITS en America Latina - Un Cambio Radical") printed in Vial, an Argentinian magazine that covers highway-related events and commentary.

Check every issue of Public Roads for the latest training and educational activities of NHI.